The Future of Officer Recruitment and Training Online Workshop

Members only
  • Published: 14 Jan 2022
  • Last updated: 21 Jan 2022
  • Start date: 25 Jan 2022
  • End date: 25 Jan 2022
  • Start time: 10 a.m.
  • End time: 4:30 p.m.


Members are invited to join the workshop to help formulate UK Chamber policy on how to ensure a sufficient supply of highly-skilled, competent, and motivated UK officers to operate their ships and take jobs in the maritime industry shoreside. To understand clearly the views and wishes of members, particularly against the background of the Government’s Cadet Training and Modernisation programme.

The purpose of the day will not be to review or comment on the recommendations of the Maritime Skills Commission. Instead, members will be invited to consider the extent to which the industry’s current recruitment practices and training schemes meet the requirements of ship operators and how to make good any shortfalls that are identified. 

The event will take place online and there will be a number of breakout groups examining the key topics. 

Attendance is free of charge.


Sarah Treseder, CEO, UK Chamber of Shipping
Brian Johnson, CEO, Maritime and Coastguard Agency
Mark Bobby, Chairperson, Merchant Navy Training Board

Breakout session 1
Theme 1: What does an employable and marketable OOW/EOOW CoC holder look like?
Theme 2: To what extent does the current system meet the needs of employers?

Breakout session 2
Theme 3: Recruitment – what makes a good candidate?
Theme 4: How to ensure quality of sea time

Lunch break

Breakout session 3
Theme 5: Future skills needs
Theme 6: Evaluation of current training programmes

Breakout session 4
Theme 7: Assessment and examination
Theme 8: Are we training for work at sea, or work in maritime?

Summary, conclusions and next steps